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Agape Haitian Pastor, Esteb Pierre, Ordained to Gospel Ministry »
In a full sanctuary, Esteb Pierre, pastor of the Agape Haitian Church, was ordained to the gospel ministry the afternoon of February 24. Held in the Aurora Church sanctuary, the ordination was attended by members of the Aurora Church, his own Agape Haitian church members who came in support of their pastor, and others from around Denver. The atmosphere was welcoming and enthusiastic.
A native of Petit-Goave in the south of Haiti, Pierre immigrated to the United States, along with his family, in 2006. His daughter, Stephania (early 20s), provided a vocal solo for the ordination with son Stebenson (13) accompanying on piano. Later, Pierre sang an a capella piece in a quartet composed of his brother and two uncles who all traveled from New York to be present for this event.
Working with the Rocky Mountain Conference since 2015, Pierre contributed to doubling the attendance at the Agape Haitian Church. Baptisms in his church reached 17 in 2017, a large number for a small church. Commenting during the Ministry Affirmation portion of the ordination, Eric Nelson, VP for RMC administration said, “I see in you, dedication, consecration, hard work, passion, and evangelistic outreach.”
With numerous degrees in Commercial Administration, Business Administration, and Master of Divinity, among others, Pierre comes to the Rocky Mountain Conference well qualified as a pastor. He is a native Creole speaker and also speaks English, French, and Spanish. His professional experience includes substitute teacher, chauffeur, maintenance supervisor, Spanish teacher, accountant, and project coordinator for ADRA.
During the Ministry Charge, Lonnie Hetterle, RMC Education Director, challenged Pierre’s church family to support him. Then he said, “Pierre you have a beautiful family. Take care of them.”
“I loved seeing your kids do music,” said Mid-America Union Ministerial Director, Mic Thurber. “My parents made room for me to do ministry through music. We see Jesus in you and invite you to [be a] pastor [to] the world,” he added. “We’re ‘lashing you fast’ or tying you down securely as an ordained pastor” which Thurber portrayed as a “way of life; not a temporary job assignment.”
“We are honored to have you,” said RMC president, Ed Barnett, during his Ordination Address.”
With his wife, Junia, a registered nurse at his side, Pierre was surrounded by ordained pastors who gave him “God’s touch” through the laying on of hands during the Ordination Prayer. “We dedicate and consecrate you to lifelong ministry,” said Nelson during the prayer.
Both the Aurora Church and the Agape Haitian Church celebrated his ordination during a Haitian meal served in Aurora’s beautifully-decorated gymnasium.
-- Carol Bolden photo by Lisanette Vargas